AWAKENING THE DREAMER SYMPOSIUM Join the Pachamama Alliance for an exploration of sustainability, social justice, and spiritual fulfillment. 12:45-5pm. Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church, 3315 El Salido, Cedar Park, 512/356-9243. $20. www.awakeningthedreamer.org.
BETTER AUSTIN TODAY COMING OUT PARTY Austin's newest political action committee aims to bring the city's progressive groups together into one formidable champion of responsive, accountable government. 6-9pm. Moose Lodge, 2103 E.M. Franklin, 573-6194. www.batpac.org.
MUHAMMAD YUNUS The Nobel Peace Prize-winning economist discusses and signs copies of his new book, Creating a World Without Poverty. 1pm. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar. www.muhammadyunus.org.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS FORUM Austin Texas Labor Against the War presents a discussion and screening of the short documentary "Meeting Face to Face: The Iraq-U.S. Labor Solidarity Tour." (See Special Screenings.) 11:30am-12:30pm. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 452-6168. Free.
ECOLOGY LECTURE NIGHT A discussion with Texas Solar Energy Society Executive Director Natalie Marquis, manager of Austin's permaculture-based hotel, Habitat Suites. 7-8:30pm. MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 407-6925. Free.
NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY OF TEXAS screens PBS documentary America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie. A discussion of Texas prairies, biofuels, carbon sequestration, and grassland birds follows. 7-9pm. Wild Basin Wilderness meeting room, 805 Capital of TX Hwy. N., 472-1062. www.npsot.org/austin.
KEEP AUSTIN BEAUTIFUL RAFFLE Win prizes for supporting KAB's environmental stewardship. Three winners will receive a pair of mountain bikes, a Dell laptop, and a certificate for professional landscaping. Drawing: Feb. 6. $10 ($50, six tickets). www.keepaustinbeautiful.org.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO IMPROVE TEXAS' TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM? The Texas Department of Transportation's Sunset Advisory Commission is seeking public input in several areas, including: funding for alternate modes of transportation (such as rail), right-of-way purchases, local/regional/state/federal partnerships, alternative financing, management of vehicle titles/registrations, administration of regulatory programs, and management of contracts for highway construction/maintenance. E-mail comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: Mon., Jan. 14. www.sunset.state.tx.us.